Diamond Hawks fall in NCAA regional final to No. 2 LSU

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Zach Shields had two hits and Whiteman Barnes tossed four innings of shutout relief, but UNCW fell in the Baton Rouge Regional final to top-ranked LSU 2-0 at Alex Box Stadium on Monday.

The Tigers advance to the Super Regional with a 51-10 record and play host to UL Lafayette next weekend, while the Seahawks saw their season come to an end with a 41-18 mark as CAA Tournament champions.

Whitman Barnes. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports
Whitman Barnes. Photo courtesy UNCW sports.

LSU starter Jared Poche’ (8-1) held the Seahawks to no runs on six hits and one walk over 8.2 innings and Parker Bugg recorded the final out for his third save of the season.

The Tigers struck for a pair of unearned runs in the second inning to take the lead. After UNCW turned a double play, the Seahawks committed an error and Chris Chinea followed with anRBI down the leftfield line. Jake Fraley followed and plated Chinea with a single to center.

UNCW starter Justin Crump (1-2) took the loss after allowing a pair of unearned runs on four hits over two innings. Barnes limited the Tigers to three hits and one walk before Jared Gessell finished off the game with two innings of one-hit relief.

The Seahawks went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-11 with runners on base. Shields led the UNCW lineup with his two hits and ended the season as the team’s leading hitter with a .355 batting average.

Corey Dick extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a ninth-inning double to close out his college career.

Shields, Ryan Foster, Gavin Stupienski and Luke Dunlap were named to the All-Regional team for the Seahawks, who made their seventh NCAA Regional appearance.